• 413. Don’t Be So Sure: French Skepticism

    Posted on 29 January 2023

    The sources and scope of the skepticism of Montaigne, Charron (pictured), and Sanches.

  • 116. Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò and Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò on Cabral

    Posted on 22 January 2023

    Two scholars of the same name join us to shed further light on freedom fighter and political theorist Amílcar Cabral.

  • 412. Not Matter, But Me: Michel de Montaigne

    Posted on 15 January 2023

    In his Essays Montaigne uses wit, insight, and humanist training to tackle his favorite subject: Montaigne.

  • 115. Weapon of Choice: Amílcar Cabral

    Posted on 8 January 2023

    Amílcar Cabral, leader of a revolution against colonialism in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, rethinks culture and Marxist theory as bases for his struggle.

  • 411. Pen Pals: Later French Humanism

    Posted on 1 January 2023

    Joseph Scaliger, Isaac Casaubon, and Guillaume du Vair grapple with history and the events of their own day.

  • 114. Teacher Taught Me: Julius Nyerere

    Posted on 25 December 2022

    The first leader of independent Tanzania grounds his socialist ideas in traditional African values.

  • 410. Ann Blair on Jean Bodin's Natural Philosophy

    Posted on 18 December 2022

    A chat with Ann Blair about the "Theater of Nature" by Jean Bodin, and other encyclopedic works of natural philosophy. (Pictured: Prof Blair holding the annotated copy of Bodin's Theatrum she describes in the episode.)

  • 113. A Fighting God: Black Theology

    Posted on 11 December 2022

    After Albert Cleage and James Cone propose a liberatory interpretation of Christianity, William R. Jones wonders whether God is a white racist. We also follow Black Theology among “Womanist” authors and in South Africa.

  • 409. One to Rule Them All: Jean Bodin

    Posted on 4 December 2022

    The polymath Jean Bodin produces a pioneering theory of political sovereignty along the way to defending the absolute power of the French king.

  • 112. Poems That Kill: the Black Arts Movement

    Posted on 27 November 2022

    African American literature of the late 1960s reflects the Black Power movement, in the works of such authors as Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Larry Neal, and Sonia Sanchez.

  • 7 February 2011

    I thought I would use this blog to announce and discuss history of philosophy events in London (or if anyone else wants to use this website to make similar announcements, go for it). Today my friend and colleague Frisbee gave a talk at the Aristotelian Society on the Phaedrus, arguing that this dialogue by Plato provides what some people find missing in Plato: an account of interpersonal friendship (philia). I'll actually be interviewing her about Plato's erotic dialogues later in the series, probably episode 32 (I plan to do 16 episodes on Plato total, believe it or not).

  • 26 January 2011

    Before I get going with proper blog posts, I'd like to thank numerous people for their help with this project. Firstly Julian Rimmer, for offering to design this website, for doing such a good job with it, and for helping me come to grips with it!

    Secondly, my production assistant Rory O'Connell -- it's thanks to him that the podcast sounds as good as it does and that you don't hear me frequently stumbling over my words (he edits the stumbles out).

  • 16 January 2011

    Hello and thank you for visiting the website and, indeed, blog of the History of Philosophy podcast! Along with our Facebook page this website will provide you with a chance to have your say about the History of Philosophy. As I mention in the episodes on Plato, there is good reason for thinking that philosophy is done in dialogue and not in monologue.


Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, "without any gaps." The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.

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